Egypt vows to send humanitarian aid to Somalia
Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry - YOUM7/Hassan Muhammed

CAIRO: Egypt has vowed to provide humanitarian drought aid to Somalia with its newly formed Egyptian Partnership Agency for Development (EPAD), which is affiliated with the Foreign Ministry, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry Friday.

The announcement comes in light of Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry receiving a Somali delegation including Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Said Abdullah Mohamed and presidential advisor Mohamed Nour Friday, to discuss bilateral relations, humanitarian aid and education for Somalis residing in Egypt.

The UN’s Food Security and Nutrition Analysis United for Somalia, which is affiliated with the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), said on June 25 that the food security situation in Somalia deteriorated from December 2013 to June 2014, due to factors like limited humanitarian assistance, below average harvests, the rising cost of food and armed conflicts.

The Somali delegation Friday asked Shoukry to increase the number of scholarships to Somali students in Egyptian universities, the statement read.

In June, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced during the 23rd AU Summit in the Equatorial Guinean capital Malabo that Egypt would form the EPAD for development in Africa, Al-Tahrir newspaper reported.

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